I’ve been lucky over the past year to have had several of my paintings selected for cover art for magazines. The nicest part about this wonderful series of acceptances is that multiple editors have chosen my work.
“A cover is a cover,” you might say. “Why does it matter how many editors are involved?”
My response would be the same if it was artwork, stories, articles, or poems: One editor is just one opinion, but a group of unrelated editors brings different backgrounds and preferences to the table. If an artist or writer is able to please several editors, then she is also able to connect with a larger group of readers. And connecting with readers is what writers and illustrators need to do if they hope to build an audience for their work.
My latest magazine cover is for the October/November 2012 issue of Harford’s Heart Magazine. Not only is one of my paintings on the cover, but there’s an article about me as an illustrator, and several other pieces of my art featured on the inside of the magazine (p.8 and 44-45). Here’s the link to the online version of the current issue: http://www.harfordsheart.com Click on: Current Issue, then flip through the pages to see the article.
“Wait a minute,” you might say. “That painting looks mighty familiar.”
And you’d be right! The artwork is part of a larger painting that will be the wrap-around cover of my next collection of speculative stories, Owl Light, due out from Cold Moon Press in a few weeks. Again, I’m trying to build a group of readers who like the look of my art, and are curious about what sort of tales would fit into a book with a yellow-eyed owl peering from its cover.
I’d love to hear from you. Do you find the barn owl in front of an orange moon with the dark forest and sky an appealing cover? And what sort of stories do you think will be in Owl Light?